Is your computer running slow? Don't worry. Natasha Stokes, in her article "13 Reasons Why Your Computer is Slow", gives us some simple measures you can take to speed it back up. You can read her article here.
"If you have an iPhone or an Android, chances are that every single move you make is being tracked, location by location, including the exact times you were there." That quote, from Today's Jeff Rossen and Jovanna Billington, is a little unnerving. As our phones get smarter, they also collect more information on us. The authors, in their article "Your smartphone may be tracking your every move", give us step-by-step instructions to shut off tracking on iPhones and Android phones. You can read their article here.
How about a little spring cleaning for your online security? Keeping your online information secure is a must these days. CNET's Eric Franklin's article "How to stay safe online: CNET's security checklist" gives you some great ideas to get started. You can read his article here.
The William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota is the 1st law school in the country to offer an online hybrid law degree. It is also the country's first hybrid online and in-person program approved by the American Bar Association. According to CNBC, 85 students from 31 states and two countries began taking classes in January, and "[e]very class is half online and half in person." What this means is that "William Mitchell still must perform half its instruction in person, which it will accomplish with one jam-packed week each semester, plus two more at the start of the first and second years." Tuition is still pricey at $27,770 per year. A local Minnesota newspaper reports that "Eighty percent of the program's students live outside of Minnesota, in 29 other states and Canada. They include five medical doctors and range in age from 22 to 67."
Your Windows computer comes with a built-in antivirus program, but you shouldn't rely on it to keep you totally safe. PCMag's Neil J. Rubenking's article "Think Windows's Built-In Antivirus Will Keep You Safe? You're Wrong" offers some surprising test results. He writes that "Results from independent labs and our own hands-on tests show that you really need a third-party antivirus utility." You can read his full article here.
Requiring lawyers to maintain competency regarding the risks and benefits of technology (Rule 1.1), including making reasonable efforts to prevent the unauthorized disclosure of or access to confidential client information (Rule 1.6).
Revising Rule 4.4 (Rights of Third Persons) to add electronically stored information to the scope of the rule and to expand on a lawyer’s duties if he or she inadvertently receives this type of information.
Modifying Rules 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3 (Lawyer Advertising) to reflect advertising and solicitations that may be made via the Internet and in electronic format. In addition, the Ohio-specific portion of Rule 7.3 would be revised to correspond to references to telemarketing laws and rules contained in Board Advisory Op. 2013-2 (text message solicitations).
Amending Rule 1.6 (Confidentiality) to allow lawyers to make a limited disclosure of confidential information to detect and resolve conflicts associated with a change in employment or a change in the ownership or composition of a law firm.
Amending Rule 7.3 to prohibit the solicitation of potential clients who are minors or who are unable to make informed decisions regarding representation."
Have an old computer laying around the office? Don't just throw it in the trash, there may be sensitive files and information on the hard drive. Techlicious' Christina DesMarais' article "How to Safely Get Rid of an Old Computer" gives you some easy steps to safely delete the data on your computer. You can read her article here.
There's hundreds of different versions of security software available these days. Which is the best for you? Kaitlyn Wells' article "The Best PC Security Software" breaks down the best free and paid software. You can read her article here.
Bloomberg reports that the Law Schools at SUNY Buffalo and the University of Iowa are soon going to accept students who have not taken the LSAT. This move is based on recent changes to ABA accreditation standards that allow Law Schools to admit up to 10% of their students without requiring them to take the LSAT. The provisos for the students in this 10% are that they were at the top of their college class and scored highly on the the SAT and ACT or on the GRE or GMAT graduate school exams. Standard 503 of the ABA Guidelines states in part that:
"(a) It is not a violation of this Standard for a law school to admit no more than 10% of an entering class without requiring the LSAT from: (1) Students in an undergraduate program of the same institution as the J.D. program; and/or (2) Students seeking the J.D. degree in combination with a degree in a different discipline."
The full text of the ABA standards can be found at this link.
Though it's hard to tell by looking outside, Spring is almost here, and it's time for a little spring cleaning. If cleaning and organizing your computer isn't on your to-do list, it should be. If your computer is loaded with files and downloads, this will slow it down. Techlicious' Natasha Stokes writes "Deep cleaning your computer of unwanted files and streamlining your folder system can not only free up storage space, but improve your computer's performance." You can read more tips in her article "How to Clean out & Organize Your Computer" here.